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Tuesday News, May 1

Plymouth County Supervisors To Meet

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have a relatively light agenda for their weekly meeting.  The Supervisors will hear from Neil Adler for an update regarding the Le Mars Business Industry Commission.  The Supervisors will also review two minor subdivision requests from Jim Rasmussen in Hungerford Township, and Lonnie and Erica Wenzel in Garfield Township.  The Supervisors are expected to approve a lease agreement with Jackson Recovery Center.  County engineer Tom Rohe will update the govening board on construction projects, as well as submit requests from Premier Communications, and WesTel Systems.

City Council To Hear Proposal on Kime

(Le Mars) -- The future of Kime Science Center is again on the front burner for the Le Mars City Council.  During today's meeting the city council will review an offer to purchase the former Westmar College Science building.  The council will also review demolition bids for the remaining Westmar Buildings that are currently owned by the city.  Those buildings include the Centennial Dormitory, and the Charles Mock Memorial Library.  The council will discuss the wastewater treatment plant expansion, as well as take action on the solid waste recycling ordinance.


Voting Precincts Announced

(Le Mars) -- The county auditor's office have released the new voting precinct districts for the upcoming June 5th primary elections.  Precinct one consists of Portland township, and includes the town of Akron. Precinct 2 makes up the four townships on the eastern border of Plymouth County with the exceptions of the towns of Remsen and Kingsley.  They include: Meadow, Remsen, Henry, and Garfield.  Precinct 3 makes up the townships of Elgin and America.  Precinct 4 consists of Preston, Grant, Johnson, and Washington townships.  Precinct 5 includes Fredonia and Marion townships, including the town of Remsen. Precinct 6 makes up Westfield and Sioux townships with the community of Westfield.  Precinct 7 includes Liberty, Plymouth, and Stanton townships and includes the town of Merrill.  Precinct 8 includes the townships of Perry and Hancock, while Precinct 9 consists of Hungerford and Lincoln townships and includes the town of Hinton.  Precinct 10 is Union and Elkhorn townships along with the town of Kingsley.  Precincts 11, 12, and 13 are in the town of Le Mars.


Groundbreaking Set For Today for Akron Care Center

(Akron) --  Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. today for the new 45-bed Akron Care Center.  Chad Ericson serves on the Akron City Council.  He says the mayor has extended an invitation for anyone to participate with the ground breaking ceremony.

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Ericson says Construction is expected to begin right away.  He says everyone within the community is anxious and excited about the facility being built, including the residents.

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Corn Planting Half Finished

(Des Moines) -- Despite receiving rainfall late last week, Iowa corn planting advanced 41 percentage points and now stands at 50 percent complete, compared to 7 percent at this time last year, and the five-year average of 32 percent.  Five percent of the state's corn crop has emerged, ten days ahead of normal schedule.   Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey says "farmers were able to make good progress last week and now half of the corn crop is planted statewide, which is good news. Farmers will be anxious to get the rest of the crop in the ground and take advantage of any dry weather this week to get in the fields. 

State Senate to Debate Spending Bill 

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate is planning to debate a spending bill that includes an assortment of measures including a 4 percent increase in funding for school districts for the fiscal
year beginning in July.
     The so-called standing appropriations bill also includes several spending increases, many likely to be argued as Republicans and Democrats differ on how the state's revenue should be spent.
     Included is $3 million for the Malcolm Price Laboratory School at the University of Iowa. The money would keep the school open and fund a study to determine whether it should be closed.
     The bill also spends $2.9 million to repair damage caused by flooding on the Missouri River and provides $5.5 million for a bioscience initiative at Iowa State University.



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Groundbreaking Ceremonies Set for New Care Center

(Akron) -- It has been a long wait, but it looks as though the people of Akron will be getting a new care center facility.  Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 1st for the new 45-bed building.  The new care center will be located at 991 Highway 3, across from the Akron Fire Department and Portlandville Heights New Housing addition.

Attorney General to Investigate Gas Explosion

(Des Moines) -- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says his office plans to conduct an investigation into the gas pipeline explosion that happened near Hinton on Wednesday. The investigation will focus on whether or not the workers notified Iowa One Call prior to the digging of a trench. Spokesman, David Sheridan says the Iowa Attorney General could fine violators $10,000 a day up to a maximum fine of one half million dollars.  A spokesman for Northern Natural Gas, which owns the pipeline, claims no one called.

Hit and Run Accident Injures Bicyclist 

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police have arrested a man following a hit-and-run accident involving a bicycle.  Apparently, 31 year old William Kammerer of Sioux City was riding his bicycle near West 6th Street when the accident occured early Sunday morning. 

Kammerer and his bicycle was lodged under the pickup truck and was dragged for approximately 150 feet until Kammerer was able to get loose.  The suspect vehicle drove over Kammerer leaving him to lie in the roadway with multiple broken bones. A search of the area by police revealed the vehicle to be a white 1998 Chevy pickup truck, which was located in the 300 block of Isabella at about 8:30.  The driver of the vehicle was discovered to be 21 year old Fernando Garcia, also of Sioux City.  Garcia was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident, and was charged with failing to yield, and for not having any insurance for the vehicle.  Sioux City Police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor and other contributing circumstances to the incident.

Man Convicted of Attempted Murder on Wife

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City man has been ordered to spend 25 years in prison for the attempted murder of his pregnant girlfriend.
     The sentence for 21-year-old Thomas Rausch Junior was handed down Friday in Woodbury County District Court. He was convicted in March of attempted murder and willful injury in a January 2011
attack on Kasandra Smith, now 22.
     Authorities have said Rausch walked up behind Smith at the home they had shared in Sioux City and cut her throat, then stabbed her six times. Smith was pregnant at the time. Her unborn baby was not harmed.
     Rausch is seeking a new trial.


Supervisors Approve 5-year Strategic Plan

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors, along with the county elected government officials, and other key county department heads recently held a strategic planning seminar.  At last week's board meeting, the supervisors approved the plan. Chairman Jim Henrich says its always good to review the county status from time to time.

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Henrich says Plymouth County is in an enviable position. 

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The Plymouth County Supervisor says a five-year plan was also created for road work on county highways and bridge repairs.

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We'll learn more about the county strategic plan along with additional comments by Henrich in future news reports.

Legislators Still At Stalemate

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - As they return to the Statehouse for an overtime legislative session, Iowa lawmakers find they're facing many of the same issues that confronted them when they convened
nearly four months ago.
     And faced with disagreements over education reform, property taxes and how to boost the state's economy, legislative leaders maintain they're not in a rush to reach a compromise that might
violate their beliefs.
     Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal say negotiators are narrowing their differences, but it's a slow process and neither would predict when
lawmakers will adjourn.
     The session was scheduled to end nearly two weeks ago.


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